By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 11 Comments
    How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Indigestion:

    You have seen ads for all sorts of pricey heartburn remedies. Some go to work quickly. Others, like the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) take quite awhile to stifle stomach acid and relieve symptoms. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 37 Comments
    How To Get Back to Sleep In the Middle of the Ni…

    According to the CDC, 33% of Americans don't get adequate sleep. Chronic insomnia is linked to all sorts of serious health problems including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease and depress…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 6 Comments
    Help for Penis Problems (Peyronie’s Diseas…

    Have you ever heard of Peyronie's disease? Most people haven't. That's because it affects a very private part of the anatomy. Many men do not like to talk to their primary care doctors about penis pro…

    By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Kill Lice with Skin Cleanser?

    Lice are a source of tremendous frustration for families around the country (and even around the world). These parasitic insects that live by sucking human blood were not a big problem in most parts o…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Herbal Oils Ease Arthritis Pain?

    Many people have a very difficult time managing their arthritis pain. Perhaps they take NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Although these medicines can help temporarily with pain relief, they …

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 21 Comments
    Show 1085: The Statin Standoff and New Drugs for…

    Cardiologists agree that we should all be getting regular exercise and eating a healthful diet with lots of vegetables and fruits. But they don't agree on which of us should be taking statins to prote…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 9 Comments
    Too Little Vitamin D Could Be Deadly

    Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are linked to increased mortality. That is the conclusion of a large population-based Norwegian study. How did they discover that too little vitamin D might be dea…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 15 Comments
    More Male Orgasms May Mean Less Prostate Cancer

    We know that headline will make a lot of men smile. A scientific excuse for more orgasms seems like good news indeed. Not surprisingly, newspapers, tabloids and other media outlets had a field day wit…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Women with High Testosterone Perform Better

    Testosterone is thought of as a male hormone, but women also make this androgen naturally. A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reveals that elite female athletes who have naturally h…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 22 Comments
    PPIs and Death: Why Are These Acid-Suppressors s…

    PPIs (aka proton pump inhibitors) remain incredibly popular. These acid-suppressing drugs help heal ulcers. That's a really good thing. For short term use, they're terrific! The trouble is that they a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 6 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Metformin for Diabetes

    Metformin is #7 on the doctors' hit parade of top 10 prescription drugs. Each year the number of prescriptions increases substantially. Last year there were 87 million metformin prescriptions dispense…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 5 Comments
    Recurrent Diarrhea Is More Common, Harder to Tre…

    Clostridium difficile infections can cause life-threatening diarrhea. Experts estimate that half a million people contract C diff infections annually and nearly 30,000 die. Once people develop C diff,…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Spend Less to Hear Better?

    Uncorrected hearing loss can contribute to social isolation, but in the US hearing aids are extremely pricey (thousands of dollars). In addition, they are not usually covered by insurance. That helps …

    By: Terry Graedon July 3, 2017 0 Comments
    Celebrate the 4th of July with Big Savings!

    As we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence with parades, picnics and pies (not to mention fireworks), we invite you to save money at The People's Pharmacy. For today only, shoppers…

    By: Joe Graedon July 3, 2017 92 Comments
    Are Prescription Drug Ads on TV Driving You Craz…

    Do you watch television? If so, you have almost inevitably seen commercials for medications we hope you will never need. If you are like a lot of our visitors you are sick and tired of prescription dr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 4 Comments
    What Can You Do About Cornstarch Addiction?

    Do you know someone with odd eating habits? Or possibly you yourself like to munch on something that isn't exactly food-something like ice, clay or cornstarch. We heard from a reader who would like to…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 6 Comments
    Psilocybin Is Strange Therapy for Cluster Headac…

    Cluster headaches cause excruciating pain. Even worse than that, these one-sided headaches return in unpredictable cycles (hence the name "cluster" headaches). Anticipation makes the pain even worse. …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 11 Comments
    What Can Prolotherapy Do for Sore Knees?

    As Americans get older and grayer, we also have to cope with more joint pain. We swallow large quantities of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen). Many of us take supplements…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 27 Comments
    How Bad Is Coffee with Levothyroxine?

    Levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid) was prescribed more than any other medication in the US last year. Wouldn't you think people would be eager to learn the best way to take it? Yet there is surprising…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 11 Comments
    Soothing Dry Eyes with Warm Compresses

    Dry eyes are an extremely common condition, and they can also be quite distressing. The eyes may feel constantly irritated, as though they had something in them. People with dry eyes don't seem to mak…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2017 11 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    From what we hear from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to this website, most patients are not warned about how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta). Perhaps the prescriber assumes tha…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 29 Comments
    Show 1047: How to Sync Your Body Clock to Get th…

    Our daytime functioning depends in large measure on the sleep we get at night. No doubt that helps explain why we spend approximately 36 percent of our lifetimes sleeping. How can we embrace bedtime i…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Protect Your Brain?

    Extra-virgin olive oil might help protect your brain against Alzheimer disease. Epidemiologists have noted that people who follow a Mediterranean diet are less prone to cognitive decline. In one study…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2017 12 Comments
    Coconut for Crohn’s Supported by Science

    In 1998 we received an intriguing letter from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column. Donald Agar, from Pittsfield, MA, contacted us to say he had finally overcome a long-standing battle with inf…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 12 Comments
    Why Is Glyphosate on California’s Cancer L…

    The popular herbicide glyphosate, also known by its brand name Roundup, appears to be headed for a warning label in the state of California. This chemical has been controversial for years. Does Roundu…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 1 Comments
    When Cosmetics Do Damage, What Does FDA Do?

    Most people assume that the Food and Drug Administration oversees cosmetics with the same diligence it uses for over-the-counter drugs. In reality, the cosmetic industry is largely unmonitored by the …

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 12 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Urinary Incontinence?

    Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem. No one wants to leak urine and wet their underwear, whether the problem is stress incontinence or urge incontinence. In stress incontinence, women may…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 22 Comments
    How Does Red Yeast Rice Compare to Statins?

    Tens of millions of people take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. Physicians believe such drugs are dramatically effective against heart disease. We will not deal with that controversial topic i…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 12 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Pain?

    Once upon a time doctors actually prescribed aspirin for headaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other painful conditions. But once non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 5 Comments
    Dutasteride (Avodart) Sexual Side Effects Can Be…

    Avodart was approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. Dutasteride (the generic name) inhibits an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase (5AR). This reduces the conversion o…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 5 Comments
    Are There Plants That Improve Sexual Performance…

    The earliest humans used plants for medicine as well as for food. Whenever they found something that seemed to enhance sexual performance, they paid attention. By medieval times, people were making hu…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Is It True That Cannabidiol Oil Eases Pain?

    Could people in pain use a component of cannabis as an unexpected remedy? Anything related to marijuana is often regarded with suspicion because of widespread recreational use of the plant. Nonetheles…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 26 Comments
    How Can You Make Plantar Warts Disappear?

    Most warts don't hurt. However, a person with plantar warts, those that develop on the soles of the feet, may find walking painful. A dermatologist could perform surgery or cryotherapy (freezing), but…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 12 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Raisin Remedy

    Would you like to alleviate arthritis pain without drugs? Many people would, especially when they learn about potential NSAID side effects such as bleeding ulcers or cardiovascular complications. But …

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 14 Comments
    Show 1084: Psilocybin, Cancer & Spiritual A…

    People facing a life-threatening cancer diagnosis may struggle with more than the medical treatment. They sometimes experience an existential crisis, in which life loses its meaning. In such situation…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2017 29 Comments
    Hair Dye & Breast Cancer?

    A new study published in the journal Carcinogenesis suggests that dark-colored hair dyes may be linked to breast cancer. That means that millions of baby boomers are caught on the horns of a dilemma. …

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Ease RA Pain with Fish

    Should you eat a sardine sandwich or tuna salad for lunch if you have rheumatoid arthritis? Surprisingly, fish on the menu might ease RA pain and joint inflammation. Fighting RA Pain with Fish: Resear…

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Yoga Help Back Pain?

    Lower back pain is common and debilitating. It is frequently treated with medications, but the American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines emphasizing nondrug approaches for acute lower b…

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Risk of High-Carb Bedtime Snacks

    Does munching refined carbohydrates contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes? This hypothesis is plausible, since foods that make blood sugar rise rapidly (high-glycemic index foods) inter…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2017 2 Comments
    Get Your Exercise by Walking the Dog

    How can people be encouraged to be active rather than sedentary? One study suggests a dog might help. Older people who have dogs get more exercise than those without canine companionship, probably bec…